"The Answer" as written by and Kele/lissack Okereke....
Feeding the five thousand was not done with prayers alone
It takes blood and guts and it takes devotion
So tired of standing up and so tired of drawing breath
It's your turn to take the map and it's your turn to drop the soap

Pretty pretty boys sucking on a cola
Money to burn, money to burn, money to burn
We got rules to protect us
Isaac and Ishmael
The magazine says it's okay
Life as a billboard

If you are the answer
We are going straight to hell

Grown in a parental fugue
Weight loss in self respect
Bomb, bomb, bomb us back together
A new way into a lost answer


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"The Answer" as written by Kele Okereke Gordon Moakes

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing, AUSTRO-MECHANA GMBH

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  • +2
    General CommentI agree with carriefish. It's about the religious people of the world and how they think that just by praying and hoping for something (like an end to world peace or world hnger) it will happen. But it takes more than just prayers to "feed the five thousand". They keep looking for a saviour/prtector to do the work for them and meanwhile wast their money on frivilous things (Cola).

    It's a less talk more action type song.
    monkeydoon September 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentActually there's nothing here that could be linked to bush directly. I see it more as an allegory for the times we live in
    michaeldoyleon June 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI could totally say this is about Mr. Bush, but I don't know where Bloc Party are from.
    greenhueon May 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbloc party are from britain (london?) so if it has a political meaning it is about blair
    michaeldoyleon May 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbritish bands can have bush opinions
    monicatxon July 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, Bloc Party are from Essex, England. And they surely have opinions about Bush. (Check their song Helicopter) What I've heard is this song about Bush, for example "And if you are the answer, we are going straight to hell" And sure we would if he was the answer..

    I really love this song, and I really love BP.
    Alnervikon August 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey're North Londoners thank you very much!
    boss_2kon September 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt could be about bush - helicopter is. Just because they are british doesn't mean they dont have views on other countries politics. I still love this song though!
    bloc_party15on December 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentnot sure if this is about Bush. It's a rather old song, well prior to the conflict in Iraq I believe. It is after the World Trade attack, but...while Bush was just an idiot then, he's a threat now.
    eoinon January 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBtw, Boss, they arne't north Londoners, read it up :P.
    Kele (Okereke) and Russell (Lissack) are from Essex, I think Gordon (Moakes) is from Milton Keynes, And Matt (Tong) is from Bournemouth, but later moved to London (For studies and stuffs)... but Them I am a rather obssessive fan. But yeah, The Bush idea will do me.
    Ben xxx
    Bloc-Headon May 19, 2006   Link

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